Skip to comments.Holy Cow! I just spotted more evidence letter is a fake!
Posted on 09/09/2004 1:12:11 PM PDT by dangus
This is hardly absolute proof, but it is evidence of a forgery:
Word processors bump words from one line to the next to allow the most possible writing on a line without causing a word to be broken, and of course, you automatically start the next line, without even noticing this after a while.
Typewriters didn't work that way. They cued you to start a new line with a little bell that went off as you approached the end of a line. For anyone who did much typing, this became extremely Pavlovian: the bell went off, and you whacked the "carriage" to the starting position of a new line. Typically, this was about eight or ten characters away from the end of the line.
Well, the difference is that a word processor will often fit an extra short word after the point at which a typist would have started a new line. True, a poor typist will often hear the bell go off and decide "Aw, heck, I can squeeze an extra word in." But any real typist will be typing fast enough that they will just smack the carriage over.
Well, guess what? The placement of line breaks suggests that the CBS document was produced by a word processor, not a typewriter.
Question: What is a Typewriter?
What if it is fake on purpose? Sort of...
If I was a PA on 60 Minutes charged with creating the digital graphics for this story the following might happen:
After scanning the original documents I find they are illegible digitally. So I retype verbatim screen shot, bring it into PhotoShop, paste, apply a dimestore old XEROX filter, then photoshop out the signature and place it. Deadline met, the stylized graphic for production has been created. In general the networks do not require the actual document be shown, they have often in the past insisted it is ok to display the actual text in whatever format meets their production needs. So long as the content is not changed.
It needs to be confirmed that those images on the web, and in the show are images of the actual documents before this story goes on.
I am just saying we should start with the question are these the real documents? Cause these images are not consistent with the period.
Good work. Now send this to CBS. All your original work and make no copies. This is series and hughe.
what is a little green football?
This has already been explored in depth.
I think the main thing is that Terry McAuful and the rest of the RAT horde, has lambasted Bush on these docs in the last 24hrs. I think some apologies are in order. Plus this would immunize W to whatever is down the road. Plus an added befefit would be a possible gag ball in Rather for awhile.
Is it anything like a "turntable"? Or the "dial" that TV announcers used to tell you not to touch?
Oh, God, I'm old.
We'll know soon enough. This is up on Drudge and talk radio. CBS will have to come out with some sort of explanation and if your analysis is correct they'll have to provide the original document.
You'll also note that contemporaneous Air Force docs are all in courier or some similar non-proportional pitch.
when was the last time you actually "dialed" a phone..
Answer: It's that brown thing over on the credenza that all my beanie babies are arranged on.
Great point. I'd be willing to bet that whoever "did" this document is some young smartarse who doesn't remember life before computers, and has never seen a typewriter.
Remember, there are a lot of people in the country who've never even seen carbon paper. They just sort of assume that Xerox machines have been here all along.
Here's how they're trying to spin out of the forgery issue...
Turntable??? You mean a "Lazy-susan" ??
You didn't whack a Selectric.
Please ping me when/if you see evidence that satisfies your concerns on this issue. Thanks in advance.
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